©1976 Robert Graysmith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"Provocative....Bizarre....Graysmith's taut narrative brings the horror back with jolt upon jolt." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"Will fascinate true-crime readers." (Library Journal)
The author did a great job making me feel as if I traveled back in time to San Francisco during the murders.
I like that even though a suspect was never formally put in jail for this, there seemed to be some justice was given.
Yes, it was easy to tell the difference between the characters.
ok.. so he is a cartoonist.. not a natural story teller.. but this is one hefty tale.. so for a person who is not a writter.. but was there in the midst of now historic mystery.. twas a grand effort.. for a book with no definative ending..tis quite satisfying
Yes, absolutely, in fact I have recommended it to several friends. It almost wants to make you start researching the story try to locate this guy. You might think that you know the story, but you dont.
Well, the most memorable part was the ending because it leaves you hanging. And there is no ending. I hope this isn't a spoiler for anyone, but this killer is either still out there or has died and we may never know who he is. That is memorable in a bad way for me.
They couldnt have picked a better performer for the book. His voice brings the right amount of edge to this book. His voice makes parts of the book a little scary.
maybe: "Why it still matters"
It is easy to listed to this book and make statements about it as if it was recently written, which is not a correct analysis of this book. In this book, Mr. Graysmith published his recollections of what was happening and how the whole story panned out the way it did. You can take out all the evidence that no longer matters because of recent findings, but it is important to learn why the detectives did what they did. Get the book, if you are a fan of the genre you will enjoy it.
bone chilling truth
The Zodiac he was lucky enough to not get caught.
the murder investigations were the best
To know that this person was able to escape justice scares me to death.
This book is written and told so well I would advise anyone to try this book I think they
would be frightened and enjoy the book at the same time.
i never read the print version. i wouldnt go on to the audio version if i had. why would anyone do that, when there is a whole world of other books to explore?
the memorable moments in this story are all to horrible to recall in detail.
his performance did not detract from the book, that is important.
i had seen the movie about this, way back when, so i was interested in the fuller version of events. and that is what i got, in this book. in that way it was very interesting to me. i felt it was well researched and explained. perhaps not up to the standards of ann rule, but one cant have everything.
Story was very hard to follow and narrator was so monotone. Could not make it passed the third chapter
No. This is not a reflection of the story I just don't listen to books twice that often.
I think that the presentation of the narrative was pretty good. The narrators voice matched the subject matter.
I like the part of the story where the zodiac got away from the cops after killing the guy in the taxi cab. CHILLING. This is a close second to the autopsy descripitions. :)
GET THIS...IT REALLY HAPPENED!
Colorful, thoughtful account that becomes very difficult to listen to when Graysmith becomes completely consumed with this case. I'll have to read the print version because the repetition of ideas towards the end of this gave me a headache. Reading and listening are so different.
I would certainly read another book by Robert Graysmith. His take on true crime is absorbing, for the most part. He's a perceptive observer and his passion for the subject elevates the book beyond the sordid standard true crime story.
No, but would be delighted to listen to him again. He has a very rich voice,
It is and I did.
The narration is excellent and matches the matter-of-fact, horrifying tone of the story.
This story about a killer who sent messages to the press and actually had them published is almost too unbelievable to be true and is even more shocking in our time. The poorly-done movies inspired by Zodiac could never depict the terrifying, graphic nature of the murders which are recreated in disturbing detail in this book. Graysmiith has a matter-of-fact, journalistic approach that makes you feel that you are walking on to a fresh crime scene and investigating the case yourself, without any of the embellishment of a CSI.
Yes, it is hard to stop listening and will keep you awake at night -- checking the locks on the doors. Don't listen as you're going to sleep.
I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks and this one has been the best. Too disturbing to listen too twice.
I really enjoyed listening to this book while commuting on my bike to work. It really was fascinating remembering the case after all of these years. I thought the book well written and read.
Very amazing how close the police came to catching Zodiac. Makes you wonder about other crimes that haven'tbeen solved.
This is the first time, and I really enjoyed listening.
I remember when the Zodiac killings took place, but living in Michigan at the time, high school student I just thought it was too far away from me. Listening now about what happened and how close the police were to catching him just amazes me.
I found this a really hard book to read but it was great as an audiobook and very accessible. Full of mystery, intrigue and really terrifying that the man was never caught. Great download.
"Detailed & thrilling"
One of the great unsolved crimes of the 20th century examined in startling detail by robert graysmith and read with the appropriate gravity by Stefan Rudnicki. I was gripped from beginning to end and since the facts in such a labyrinthine case case can escape you after just one listen you'll find yourself returning to this audiobook again & again. The best true crime book i've ever read.
"Excellent if you prefer a lot of fiction mixed in"
Yes, I have actually listened to this book many times, over the years since 2007.
Not at all.
Excellent performance, no issues. His voice is commanding, clear and very easy to listen to.
Yes because it got me properly interested in the case many years ago.
It must be stated that this book is almost a work of fiction. Don't get me wrong, a lot of work went into it by Graysmith, and it is compelling at times, but unfortunately there are many things in it, that he just makes up and are not in any way actual case facts, far too many to list here. Just be aware of this and don't go into it thinking this is the Zodiac killer case 101.
Whilst the title music is lurid, as noted above, this is a thorough examination and condensation of the known facts.
It contains a good balance of opinion and conjecture to cope with the ultimate open-endedness of the case.
A mystery tackled.
Zodiac was a classic who done it without the answer it kept me riveted through out and gave me my own insight into who from the list of suspects suited my profile of one of the worlds most elusive killers
"A review of two halves"
I was really torn after listening to this between 3 or 4 stars.
It sets it's tone out from the start as it opens with dramatic creepy music at would comfortably suit a hollywood horror film. With this i felt divided, part of me found it a creepy prelude of the things to come but part of me felt like it was sensationalising criminal acts for entertainment. Which in a way I guess it was.
I downloaded this after watching the great david fincher film, and yes i do appreciate i'm probably being a little hypocritical here as that film was mass market entertainment. The book is in depth, a little too much i thought, to the point of padding out the length though i wasn't convinved by the narrator as felt he hammed it up a bit personally.
All in all a good listen but a little on the light side though a good accompaniement to the zodiac film. Interesting but feels a little light on content.
"good informative book. frustrating ending."
great fact based narrative of the killer around the bay area of San Francisco during late 60s to 80s. I enjoyed it. my missus loved it
Have read a lot of serial killer books. This being the best so far. Well worth a read/listen.
A riveting and well written book. The reader is a perfect choice. Lost a few hours sleep after listening to this. If you are on the fence as to whether to buy this - do it! Scary, interesting, well written and paints a picture of the crimes and gives you all the information possible for you to make your own mind up as to what really happened and for you to decide who you think the culprit really was!
"Interesting companion to the FIlm"
This is a well narrated and interesting book. While it can be a hard listen sometimes due to the graphic violence, it is well written, clearly structured and a well researched investigation to the history of the zodiac killer.
I picked it up after watching the 2007 movie based on the same book and found it to be both an interesting companion and standalone investigation to the killer.
Well worth a listen if you find true crime interesting.
The investigation into the potential suspects at the end of the book is very well written and even with a few leaps of faith, still feels like a fair exploration of potential suspects.
It is very well narrated, good pace and with an element of compassion.
It was a harrowing listen on occasions, but the author did, as far as possible, maintain a professional detachment in terms of exploring theories even though he was closely involved in the case.
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